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12/7/2018

Lululemon will expand its test of a loyalty program that offers free shipping, workout classes and other benefits for an annual fee of $128, the company said. The retailer launched the test in Edmonton, Alberta, and early reviews indicate members would pay more for the program.

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12/7/2018

Barnes & Noble's list of 20 great holiday gifts includes Mickey Mouse speakers, mittens and several types of socks, along with the book "Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave" by Joanna Gaines. It's one more title than the bookseller put on its 2017 list.

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12/7/2018

Several online-only brands tested in-store retail with Black Friday weekend pop-ups designed to give holiday shoppers a chance to experience their wares. Furniture brand Burrow created a pop-up in New York City's SoHo neighborhood to give shoppers a place to relax, watch movies and sip wine or beer.

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12/7/2018

Amazon is exploring options for expanding its cashierless Amazon Go store concept to airports, according to public records. The company has opened seven Amazon Go stores since launching the first one in January.

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12/7/2018

Clas Ohlson will shutter 10 underperforming stores in the UK and Germany and focus on online retail in those markets, the Sweden-based company said. The budget retailer operates 227 stores in Finland, Norway and Sweden.

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12/7/2018

International brands that have established online retail sales in India are now making plans for brick-and-mortar stores in the country. Italian jeans brand Replay and Netherlands-based Scotch & Soda have teamed with Reliance Brands to open shops in India.

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12/7/2018

NRF's STORES magazine has rounded up the top articles readers clicked on in 2018. From the rebirth of private labels to the traits that make members of Generation Z extraordinary consumers, these stories that readers found compelling cover the breadth of STORES' in-depth reporting. Read more.

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12/7/2018

UK's Royal Mail is introducing a service that will allow customers to print free return labels at branches using a QR code sent by email. Customers will also be able to track their replacement item or refund.

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12/7/2018

Superpedestrian will create an electric scooter that can self-diagnose mechanical problems and perform repairs. If the scooter is unable to fix the problem, it will notify a mechanic and turn off to prevent people from riding it.

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12/7/2018

Nearly 100 congressional representatives signed a letter seeking an investigation into XPO Logistics over accusations of mistreatment of pregnant employees. "We take seriously recent allegations concerning one of our warehouses and have launched an independent investigation," said XPO Logistics spokeswoman Molly Morse.

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